The Duval County elections are now underway. Truthfully, I’m not looking forward to them.

I’ve been involved in many campaigns — especially in the last ten years when we started the tea party. The one thing I understand about campaigns is this — “Blood bath.”

The tactics of bloodying up your competition takes precedence over listening to your concerns and addressing the bigger issues we face on a daily basis. It’s sad.

How nice it would be if a candidate spent time walking door to door in your neighborhood to shake your hand and truly listen to your concerns. Some do but not as much as they should. And those that do – get the respect and the votes of their constituents.

Instead candidates will send us trashy mailers about their competition; place nasty ads on TV and the internet about the opponents; and will spend big donor dollars and later give big donors paybacks.

Campaigns are a racket and most people pay no attention to them. Only a hand few vote in local elections and the rest of the city just goes about their business.

I wish I could say it would be different this time but it’s already started as I described above. The ads are running and they are nasty. The donors are donating big dollars and soon your mailbox will be filled with trashy mailers.

For those running for Mayor of one of the largest cities in America – we wish you all God speed. And we ask – can you keep it clean and just focus on what you will do for us instead of how horrible and ugly your opponents are? We really are tired of that cr_p.

Just sayin…

By the way, a local church posted this scripture verse and I thought it could be used as a guide for those running for office.

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Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles.
She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics.
In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway.
That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies.
With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America.
She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money.
She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts.
She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election.
She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America.
Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed:
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

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